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Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did 2nd Edition
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Dr. Tate explains how to include rational thinking techniques (REBT) to affect your behaviors. Rather than just trying to solely change your behaviors (drinking), which almost always fails, you must first change your thinking (irrational beliefs). Once understood, the relationship between your thinking, emotions, and behaviors will not only help you battle addictions, but also every day challenges.
Each time I sit down to read the book, I end up reading it cover to cover.
I have no problem with AA or the 12 step approach, but it's not the only, or, nowadays, even the most effective treatment for alcoholism and other drug addiction. The old AA saw: Self awareness did us no good, therapy doesn't work for alcoholism, was true in 1935, when AA started. Therapy back then was Freudian, Jungian, or Adlerian analysis. Analysis isn't effective for alcoholism, or anything else really! It's seldom used anymore. Current types of therapy are seldom even about much self awareness. It's more about problem solving and cognitive processes. REBT and other forms of Cognitive Behavior Therapy are often very effective with alcohol and drug addicted people and that's the approach used in this book.
You can use this book in addition to, or instead of AA or other 12 step approaches. It's for people uncomfortable with those spiritual approaches or who haven't acheived sobriety with those approaches. It's for anyone who wants to solve their addiction problems. Period. Get it, read it, and work your butt off on the worksheets and exercises. Keep at it and you'll be successful.
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This is without doubt the worst book I have ever read. It is so badly written, it is almost impossible to finish. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by J. DOUGLAS-SMITH